Chattanooga 68

(15-18, 6-12 Southern)

Davidson 78

(27-4, 17-1 Southern)

    2:00 PM ET, March 1, 2007

    North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, South Carolina

    1 2 T
    CHAT 32 3668
    DAV 34 4478

    Top Performers

    Chattanooga: M. Watts 13 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Stl

    Davidson: J. Richards 20 Pts, 5 Ast, 5 Stl

    Davidson 78, Chattanooga 68

    Associated Press

    NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Jason Richards and Stephen Curry had 20 points each as top-seeded Davidson advanced to the Southern Conference tournament semifinals for the sixth time in seven years with a 78-68 victory over Chattanooga on Thursday.

    The Wildcats (27-4), the tournament's defending champions, have won 11 straight. They will take on Furman in Friday's semis as they look to win the event for the fourth time in 10 seasons.

    For a while, Davidson looked in danger of flopping the way it did two years ago, entering as the favorite yet falling before the finals.

    Marcus Watts' jam with 11:39 to go put Chattanooga (15-18) ahead 49-48. But Richards followed with a 3-pointer and started a 25-14 run. The Mocs could not catch up.

    Chattanooga ended with a losing record for the first time since going 10-19 in 1999-2000.

    Watts led Chattanooga with 13 points. Casey Long had 12 points, but was 4 of 17 from the field.

    Curry, voted the league's freshman of the year, had a slow start, missing seven of his first eight attempts. But he finished strong, going 4 of 7 in the second half.

    Boris Meno added 14 points for the Wildcats.

    The Wildcats, and Curry in particular, were not on their game early on. Davidson started just 6 of 20 from the field while Curry made only one of his first eight shots and the top seed fell behind 22-14.

    But the Wildcats rallied with an 11-2 run, led by freshman Bryant Barr's 8 points. It was Curry, though, who sent Davidson into the break with the lead. His 3-pointer in the final minute put the Wildcats ahead 34-32.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 68 78
    FG Made-Attempted 24-64 (.375) 26-61 (.426)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-25 (.320) 9-26 (.346)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-21 (.571) 17-19 (.895)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 10

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